Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Policy & Partnerships

Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Policy & Partnerships
County of Albemarle Finance & Budget
 Charlottesville,, Virginia
Job Description

Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, low crime and unemployment rates, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historical, and recreational amenities in a beautiful setting.

Albemarle County Local Government and Schools is the second largest employer in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. It’s our mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.

We deliver this in a diverse locality, with rural, suburban and urban characteristics. The Albemarle County Core Values are the foundation for all we do.

Integrity: We value our customers and co-workers by always providing honest and fair treatment.
Innovation: We embrace creativity and positive change. Learn about this from the People of Albemarle. Have you heard about our partnership for an autonomous shuttle in Crozet?
Stewardship: We honor our role as stewards of the public trust by managing our natural, human and financial resources respectfully and responsibly.
Learning: We encourage and support lifelong learning and personal and professional growth. We support our team through internal and external training opportunity. Check out our free in-house training opportunities.
Community: We expect diversity, equity and inclusion to be integrated into how we live our mission. See how we’re living out this value in the Office of Equity and Inclusion 2020 Annual Report.

We take care of our team, offering employees BE WELL Albemarle support to provide opportunities to understand and follow an active lifestyle that promotes a culture of good health and wellness. Did someone say discounted gym membership, please?

We take care of the environment, with a department dedicated to programs supporting Pollution Prevention (P2), Energy Conservation and other environmental initiatives.

The Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Policy & Partnerships

The Albemarle County Department of Finance & Budget is actively recruiting an Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Policy & Partnerships to join our team. The Assistant CFO for Policy & Partnerships reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and assists the department’s leadership in providing strategic financial and policy development work for the County. The position assists with the development of presentations to the Board of Supervisors and serves as the department’s liaison with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Federal and State government, surrounding jurisdictions, the School Division, regional entities, and outside agencies. This position is also responsible for policy development and analysis work. The Assistant CFO may serve as CFO in the CFO’s and Deputy CFO’s absence. Key aspects of this work include leadership, strong communication and listening skills, strategic thinking, public administration competency, relationship building, and negotiation skills.

The Expectations

Essential functions and responsibilities of Assistant CFO for Policy & Partnerships include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The ACFO is an experienced, visionary financial professional who is a team player and has a focus on developing relationships to support a premier Department of Finance and Budget. The person serving in this position possesses excellent communication skills, is comfortable working with the public, including public officials (appointed and elected) and leaders of businesses and non-profits. The person in this position will partner with others to enhance local government performance.
  • Serves as Department’s liaison to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, the County’s Constitutional Officers (e.g. Commonwealth Attorney, the Circuit Court Clerk, the County Sheriff, and the General Registrar) and its fiscal agent partners;
  • Serves as a County representative on boards, commissions and committees as directed by Chief Financial Officer or the County Executive;
  • Assists with the development and presentation, where appropriate, to the Board of Supervisors, and other groups as necessary;
  • Leads the development of policy, agreement and memorandums of agreements (including legislative-related items) in coordination with the Attorney’s Office and County Clerk’s Office;
  • Responsible for managing and implementing federal programs and provision of funding to outside agencies;
  • Responsible for proffer coordination with the Department of Community Development and Economic Development performance agreement coordination with the Economic Development Office;
  • Serves on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda development team, coordinate the Department’s Board of Supervisors’ agenda items and ensures the Finance and Budget Department achieves its Board-related responsibilities;
  • Facilitates work sessions in discussing and resolving financial/budgetary policy issues;
  • Serves on organizational coordinating and planning meetings or in the CFO's place, as needed;
  • Serves as liaison for fiscal agencies;
  • Leads the outside agency contribution process and relationship building with non-profit agencies;
  • Demonstrates and follows the Albemarle County Pillars of High Performance as we are all stakeholders, who share leadership, ownership, and responsibility for the County's vision, mission, core values, and strategic goals;
  • Will follow the Leadership Philosophy, demonstrate the Core Values, and use the Business Operating Principles as a guide for operating process and how the work is accomplished;
  • Will provide every customer with an experience that is professional, empathetic, and responsive;
  • Promotes cultural understanding and competency and an organizational climate of equity and inclusion.


Education and Experience

  • Eight (8) years of full-time progressively responsible experience in public administration, budget development, or business management or other directly related field including two (2) years in a management capacity assessing complex organizational issues, presenting to public bodies, and planning strategies and leading complex projects. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree preferably in public/business administration, with 8-10 years of progressive, responsible experience in public finance/budget administration/public policy/public administration. Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or Policy preferred.


  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Superior verbal, written and presentation communication skills; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups; Ability to cultivate stakeholder, local, state and national alliances; Ability to foster positive relations with the Board of Supervisors, other departments, School Board, regional partners, state and federal governments, agencies and organizations; Ability to work positively with others to identify complex problems and to develop and evaluate options and implement positive solutions; Comprehensive knowledge of theories, practices and techniques of managerial and organizational dynamics; Comprehensive knowledge of principles of budgeting, accounting, and systems of financial management; Expert knowledge of the concepts and methods of developing positive results and outcomes, business process improvement at the broad organizational or enterprise level scale involving a complex, multi-faceted organization, such as an entire business entity, agency, or county government entity; Thorough knowledge of public administration, generally accepted accounting principles and effective budget practices, as they relate to fiscal and strategic approaches; Ability to effectively present complicated budget and financial data to public officials and others. Ability to communicate with the highest appointed and elected officials and leaders in business, non-profits and the community; Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of public and financial administration at federal, state and local levels. Ability to negotiate and finalize agreements; Knowledge of Laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and agency rules, and the political climate; Ability to obtaining information and identify key issues and relationships relevant to achieving a long-range goal or vision; committing to a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal or vision after developing alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values; Awareness of new regulations, professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participation in professional organizations.


Conducts work in a sitting position; however, job requires frequent standing, walking, bending, stooping and light lifting. Requires frequent operation of a variety of office machines. Occasional air or motor transportation to attend meetings. Regular and frequent contacts made at all organization levels (internally and externally) for the purpose of achieving organization goals and mission, requiring interpretation of policy and committing the organization to a future course of action. Communication may: (a) not be cooperative but requires tact and discretion; and (b) reflect need to motivate, persuade or influence individuals or groups. Regular contact made with the highest appointed and elected officials or the most influential persons in the community. Communications often: (a) defend, justify, negotiate, and settle highly significant or sensitive issues; (b) require skills in diplomacy, persuasion, and negotiation; and (c) incorporate a developed sense of strategy and timing.


The salary range for this position is $79,850 - $130,342. Starting offer is based on applicable education beyond minimum requirements and internal equity. The position also provides excellent benefits including 12 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, VRS retirement, and continuing education/training opportunities. This is a full time, FLSA exempt position. Internal candidates will receive pay adjustments in accordance with Local Government Personnel Policy, §P-60.


Position open until Friday, September 17, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EST


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Albemarle County is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against any group or individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in regards to any aspect of employment policy and practice: recruitment, testing, selection, assignment, pay, conditions of work, training, leave, overtime, promotion, discipline, demotion, and separation.